Games & Activities
Whether at the beach, a park or your own backyard,
the kids will love this party. They will be active
and when the games are over, they will be ready to
sit down and eat!
Check out my favorite from the below game ideas:
Need: Gold, silver & bronze medals from a craft store. Hang them from blue, red and white ribbons to place around the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each event. Presentation of the awards should be conducted with patriotic music in the background and picture taking (Polaroid's so they can take them that day)
Make a platform with the 1st 2nd, & 3rd steps or if at the beach, make mounds of sand.
For the events, if you are not too picky about your lawn you can spray paint the race tracks on it or find chalk used for chalking sports fields. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are at the beach, you can NOT NOT spray paint the sand. Bring ribbon to mark off playing areas and shells/driftwood to hold down the ribbon.
Discus throw -(Frisbee)
10 yard dash
Potato sack race
Requires at least two teams
2 articles of clothing alike...2 hats, 2 scarves, 2 mittens, 2 sweaters,
2 pants, 2 wigs, 2 pair boots, etc...
Have kids get in a line, each with a suitcase full of clothes
they take off to a line across from them and drop and open the suitcase and start putting everything on, they then take the empty suitcase back to the line and take everything off and put it back in the suitcase and hand it to the next person...
until the last person in line finishes..
The final event - a marathon
(all the kids around the block...One adult on a bike in front and one in back to supervise). Every participant gets a medal and photograph for this event so no one is left out.
Any type of 'event' can be used for this party. Try silly ones, like balancing an egg on a spoon, and an obstacle courses (triathlon-bike, run, crawl). Instead of 'medals' try making your own by spray painting large washers. Give all the kids a cord or ribbon and let them add their winnings to it.
Decorations can be red, white and blue bunting with lots of balloons. Find and use a small tiki torch anchored to a high point (swing set, etc) Have a portable CD or cassette tape player and play music to put everyone in the mood to compete!
Cake and Food:
American: Hot dogs, chips, popcorn, American flag cake.
Or make an Olympic Rings cake.
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